Unifies forces’ graduation risk to delay amidst Sudan coup

Peace Soldiers at cantonment sites in South Sudan

A South Sudan Civil Rights Activist says peace implementation is at risk and proposed graduation of Unify forces likely be affected by a military coup in Sudan. Earlier this month, the Joint Defense Board announced the troops’ graduates in the first week of November.

The Activist expressed deep concern over the future of peace implementation in South Sudan and called the government to engage coup leaders in Sudan to allow dialogue between civilians and military.

On Monday, the Military takeover power in Sudan announced the dissolution of the transitional government and the sovereign council and declared a national state of emergency.

Security forces in Sudan’s capital Khartoum were reported to arrest at least five ministers, advisors to the prime ministers, and other political figures. Military forces also had placed prime minister Dr: Abdalla Hamdok under house arrest on Monday. 

On Tuesday report suggested that Abdalla Hamdok, the deposed prime minister of Sudan, has been allowed to return home a day after the country’s military detained him after seizing power in a coup.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who seems to be the coup leader, addressed the news media on Tuesday said the Prime Minister is safe with other senior government and his family.

The situation in Sudan raised the alarm in South Sudan’s peace process. Edmund Yakani is the Executive Director of Community Empowerment and Progress Organization -CEPO. He says peace soldiers’ graduation is likely to delay due to the lack of an IGAD Chair to endorse the process.

“If we’re pursuing graduation of unified forces, which may be in November, and we don’t have a legal Chair of IGAD, will the military leaders stand on behalf of IGAD to endorse the graduation? The current leadership in Sudan is not legitimate.”

“So, the two referees (Sudan and Ethiopia) who have the power of the yellow card and red card are in their internal crisis. That will weaken the pressure on the parties to the peace agreement in South Sudan,” Yakani said.

The Activist warned that Sudan’s situation should not be used to expand the duration of the Unity government in South Sudan and create more delay on peace implementation.

“It’s not a good lesson for South Sudan to learn out of it, not a best practice. As South Sudanese, our prime responsibility is to tell the world that we are committed to implementing the revitalized agreement,” he stressed.

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